Special Olympics

Special Olympics Ireland

Special Olympics Ireland provides children and adults with intellectual disabilities with training in sports and competitions in Olympic-type sports throughout the island of Ireland. Currently 15 sports are offered by the organization, 13 summer sports and 2 winter sports. Special Olympics gives athletes the opportunity to develop physical fitness and feel the joy of participating in sporting competitions, and build friendships with other athletes, their families and the community.

Athletes are also provided with programmes such as the Healthy Athlete Programme, and an Athlete Leadership Programme, to help them  be physically fit, healthy and become more confident on both a social and personal level.

In addition to the work Special Olympics Ireland does in terms of training and competitions, Special Olympics produce educational material for schools. Presently four different primary-level programmes exist, which aim to enable children to understand the needs of all people in an age appropriate way. A curriculum aimed at Senior Cycle Transition Year students was also recently released.

Special Olympics Ireland also works closely with An Garda Síochána and the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI), to raise awareness of intellectual disabilities amongst officers. Both of the law enforcement bodies serve as guardians of The Flame of Hope.

Visit Special Olympics Ireland for more information, and to find out how to get involved

 


Knockainey NS and Ballybrown NS welcome Special Olympics Flame of Hope

Special Olympics Ireland National Collection Day 2016

Cops and Donuts Special Olympics fundraiser

Special Olympics star Ashleigh O Hagan civic reception in Limerick

Ashleigh O Hagan success at the Special Olympics World Games

LIT Students cycle the distance from LIT to LA in aid of the Special Olympics

VIDEO & PHOTOS – Special Olympics Polar Plunge

PHOTO & VIDEO – Special Olympics Opening Ceremony 2014

PHOTOS & VIDEO – Special Olympics 2014 Highlights


Special Olympics Torch arrives in Limerick


Special Olympics Ireland Calls on Limerick To Support Parade of Athletes


Limerick Athletes on Special Olympics Munster Team for 2014


Paul O’Connell calls for support for Special Olympics Ireland


TV Stars Visit Special Olympics Training Session



An evening with Neil Cusack – Great Limerick Run Special Olympics Fundraiser


Special Olympics Ireland Special Achievers Club


Join Kamal Ibrahim in the Great Limerick Run
for Special Olympics



Paul O Connell calls on volunteers for Special Olympics


Paul O Connell calls on volunteers for Special Olympics


Special Olympics Ireland returns to Limerick for 2014 Games


Special Olympics – An Olympic Evening



Special Olympics Thomond Park Abseil Fundraiser



Special Olympics Abseil Thomond Park Limerick



A Look Back on Limerick #1 – Special Olympics 2010



PHOTOS: Special Olympics 2010 – Gina Brocker



PHOTOS: Special Olympics 2010 – Dolf Patjin

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